So the question has been popped, you've thoroughly celebrated your engagement, and now it's time for the joy of wedding planning to begin!
First things first, you're going to need a venue. There's plenty out there to choose from, and if you're struggling, you'd better check out our guide to find out Which Type of Venue Is Right For You?.
Now it's time to get out there and visit all those wonderful venues but hold on just one minute! Before you head out the door, make sure you've got everything you need to make your visits as productive as possible. You'll thank us for it later!
Directions/ Sat Nav
This might be common sense, but it's best to know where you're going! Some of those beautiful rustic venues might not always be in the easiest to reach places so have a look before you set off. Check the venue's website for tips on the best way to get there.
Just in case you do get lost and end up running late or not getting to your venue, make sure you have their contact details so you can keep them informed of your whereabouts. That way they won't be waiting for you at the front door for hours!
Take a Camera
If you've got quite a few venue visits booked, then after a while they all might start blending into one. Bring a camera or use your phone to snap every aspect of each place and, if you're really on the ball, sort them all into folders so you know which is which.
List of Questions
Being organised is key. It might not sound fun but remember, you're here on serious wedding business. Bring along some questions so you don't forget to ask the venue when you visit. Did someone say extremely useful list of questions in our latest guide.
Notepad and Pen
There's no point in asking all those questions if you're going to forget all the answers! Take something to write with and that way you can jot all the facts down as well as any pros and cons that you find along the way.
It's definitely important to have some idea of what date you would like to get married on when you go on your venue visits. That way you can check availability and get a more accurate idea of the price of the venue. It also means that if you fall head over heels for a place, you can book it on the day!
It's easy to get blinded by one stunning feature at a wedding venue and forget about some of the other criteria that you want/need. Make yourself a little checklist and tick things off as you go, that way you've got a simple solution for seeing if a venue is really right for you or not.
Bonus Tip: Wellies!
If you're visiting venues in the wetter months (of which there are many) then you're going to want to avoid ruining your shoes. A lot of venues have amazing outside space which you're bound to want to see so get those wellies on and get stuck in!
And that’s it! Everything you need to be super efficient on those venue visits. Have fun out there finding your perfect wedding venue!
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